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National Occupation Code (NOC): 6322

Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments. Cooks are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites.

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Job Duties for Cooks

  • Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods
  • Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by dietitian or chef
  • Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers
  • Oversee kitchen operations
  • Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment
  • May set up and oversee buffets
  • May clean kitchen and work area
  • May plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies
  • May hire and train kitchen staff.
Cooks may specialize in preparing and cooking ethnic cuisine or special dishes.

Working Conditions for Cooks

Work is performed in the kitchens of hospitality facilities, such as restaurants, casinos, and hotels. It is often fast-paced; this, combined with the regular use of heat and kitchen utensils require workers to carefully follow safety measures. Workers may find themselves having to judge the freshness of dishes being served with short notice to prevent customers from falling ill.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Apprentice Cook
  • Assistant Cook
  • Banquet Cook
  • Breakfast Cook
  • Broiler Cook
  • Cafeteria Cook
  • Camp Cook
  • Caterer Cook
  • Construction Camp Cook
  • Cook
  • Diet Kitchen Cook
  • Dietary Cook
  • Domestic Cook
  • Ethnic Food Cook
  • First Cook
  • Fishing And Merchant Vessel Cook
  • Grill Cook
  • Hospital Cook
  • Institutional Cook
  • Journeyman/woman Cook
  • Kosher Foods Cook
  • Licensed Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Logging Camp Cook
  • Mess Cook
  • Pastry Cook
  • Pizza Cook
  • Railway Cook
  • Restaurant Cook
  • Second Cook
  • Ship's Cook
  • Short Order Cook
  • Small Establishment Cook
  • Special Diet Cook
  • Special Order Cook - Hospital
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  • Third Cook
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